The American Air Show

Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 May 2016


Advance booking only.

Tickets on sale until midnight Friday 27 May. You will not be able to buy tickets on Saturday or Sunday.

This event has passed but tickets are on sale for The Duxford Air Show: Meet the Fighters.

Celebrating the newly-transformed American Air Museum, The American Air Show tells the story of American and British collaboration over 100 years showing the impact of the American forces on Duxford and the eastern region from the First World War to the present day.

Dynamic flying displays will occupy the skies while evocative living history re-enactments help to tell the story on the ground. Be entertained by a variety of 1940s-inspired performances and dine on American and British-style foods.

Throughout the weekend, there will also be an Insitu-Boeing ScanEagle and a Bell-Boeing CV-22 Osprey on static display for the first time at IWM Duxford. 

This weekend is sure to stimulate aircraft enthusiasts while also providing a guaranteed fun family day-out!

Image © Darren Harbar Photography

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Public Transport

Buses run from Cambridge Railway Station and Trumpington Park & Ride to IWM Duxford on air show days

Travelling By Car

If you're travelling by car and wish to park at IWM Duxford, you will need to buy a car park pass (£5). Alternatively there are also a number of convenient public transport options.

A traffic management system will be operating on the M11, A505 and at junction 10 of the M11. Please follow the signposted routes.

Download the Saturday Flying Display Schedule and the Sunday Flying Display Schedule.
The flying display will commence at 1.30pm and finish at approximately 5.15pm. All flying is subject to weather, serviceability and operational commitments.
As aircraft are confirmed, we update this participation list so please do check back on a regular basis in the run up to the air show.

The close relationship developed by America and Britain in the First World War is represented with a flying display by a pair of Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a biplanes.

Before America and Britain became official allies in the Second World War, Britain bought American equipment to prepare for war. Glorious 1930s aircraft, including the Boeing Stearman, North American Harvard, Spartan Executive and Ryan STA demonstrate this period. IWM’s Supermarine Spitfire Mark I flies alongside a Spitfire IX and a Hurricane, representing the American pilots who volunteered to serve in the RAF prior to America entering the Second World War.

America’s entry into the Second World War, post-Pearl Harbor, is symbolised by B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B flying in formation with P-51 Mustangs, the ‘little friends’ that accompanied these majestic bomber aircraft.  The P-51 Mustangs will be intercepted by a Hispano Buchon representing the Messerschmitt Bf 109.

The war against Japan in the Pacific was fought over long distances. Aircraft launched from carriers played a vital role alongside their land-based counterparts as the A6M Zero (replica), Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, Grumman Wildcat and Vought Corsair show in a stunning display which represents war in the Pacific.

In addition to these dynamic displays, there will be an Insitu-Boeing ScanEagle and a Bell-Boeing CV-22 Osprey on static display throughout the weekend.


Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet x 8 (Saturday only)

Patrouille de France, French Air Force


Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a x 2

Great War Display Team


Fokker DR.1

Great War Display Team  

Boeing Stearman Kaydet

Golden Apple Operations


North American Harvard

Aircraft Restoration Company


North American Harvard

Aero Legends


North American Harvard x 2

T-6 Harvard Aviation


Ryan STA

P Holloway


Supermarine Spitfire Ia

Imperial War Museums


Supermarine Spitfire IX

Old Flying Machine Company


Supermarine Spitfire V

The Fighter Collection  

Hawker Hurricane

Historic Aircraft Collection


Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B

B-17 Preservation


North American P-51D Mustang

Norwegian Spitfire Foundation


North American TF-51 Mustang

The Fighter Collection


Hispano Buchón (Messerschmitt Bf 109)

Aircraft Restoration Company


Hispano Buchón (Messerschmitt Bf 109)

Spitfire Limited  

de Havilland Dragon Rapide

D & M Miller  

Piper L-4 Cub

A Acres


Douglas C-47 Dakota

Aces High


Douglas C-47 Dakota

Dakota Heritage


Mitsubishi A6M Zero replica



Curtiss P-40F Warhawk

The Fighter Collection


Grumman FM-2 Wildcat

The Fighter Collection


Goodyear FG-1D Corsair

The Fighter Collection


Curtiss Hawk 75

The Fighter Collection  

de Havilland Canada Beaver

Aircraft Restoration Company


North American T-28 Fennec

Groupe Fennec


Eurofighter Typhoon

No 29(R) Squadron, RAF Coningsby


BAe Hawk x 9 (Red Arrows) (Sunday only)

RAFAT RAF Scampton


Douglas C-47 Dakota

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Coningsby


Supermarine Spitfire

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Coningsby


Hawker Hurricane

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Coningsby


Bell UH-1 Iroquois

MSS Holdings


Hughes OH-6 Cayuse

MSS Holdings


North American OV-10 Bronco

Bronco Demo Team


Shorts SC-7 Skyvan

Bronco Demo Team


Boeing KC -135 Stratotanker (Saturday only)

100 OSS US Air Force, RAF Mildenhall


AH-64 Apache

No 3 Squadron Army Air Corps, Wattisham 


LeVier Cosmic Wind

P. Kynsey / A. Walker


Sbach Red Bull Duo

The Matadors


Flying participation confirmed on 20 May.

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